Nr. 1074: Vue de la Montagne.. de Gibraltar
„Vue de la Montagne et de la Ville de Gibraltar - Le Siege de cette Place à été commencé au Mois de Juillet 1779 sur Mer et sur Terre par l’Escadre Espagnol aux orders de Dom-Barcelo, l’Armée de Terre commandée par Dom-Joaquim de Mendoza”. General view of Gibraltar with the Spanish forces starting the siege. Copper engraving in full original colour, published by Esnauts & Rapilly, Paris 1779/80. Plate 38,8 x 52,5, sheet c. 43 x 56 cm.
After the Treaty of Aranjuez between Spain and France in April 1779 Spain declared war on Britain in June and the Spanish started a siege of Gibraltar, which lastet until 1783. At the beginning the Spanish forces were commanded by Lieutenant-General Don Joaquin de Mendoza and Lieutenant-General Don Antonio Barceló y Pont de la Terra, commander-in-chief of the Spanish ships blocking the harbour. Our print depicts the beginning of the siege, when only Spanish forces were attacking; later – after the conquest of Menorca in 1782 - French forces joined the Spanish efforts. - Full impression of the plate with wide original margins at all sides. Brilliant original colour! A fine copy, excellently preserved.